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Paths Project Established to Support Local Families

The Vanderburgh Community Foundation is collaborating with three local organizations to offer services for individuals and families striving to improve their financial security. Through Paving Access to Hope and Success (PATHS) individuals can access wrap-around support services as they focus on improving their financial stability. The PATHS Family Service Coordinators provide assistance in setting goals and facilitating access to other services which best align with the program participant’s individual goals. 

The Dream Center Evansville, Memorial Community Development Corporation, and Potter’s Wheel have partnered to provide services in the Center City, Jacobsville, and Tepe Park neighborhoods. 

The PATHS Project was developed through an extensive community needs assessment process and numerous conversations with community partners, as part of the Lilly Endowment GIFT VII Initiatives in Vanderburgh County.  Through this process, the community determined that numerous resources are available to families seeking to improve their financial stability. Connecting with the correct resource, however, is not always an easy task. PATHS utilizes neighborhood-based, wrap-around support to help participants navigate the network of services available in our community.

Services available through PATHS include individualized goal planning, identification of resources, and program referrals. The project is structured around establishing long-term relationships between the Family Services Coordinator and program participants. The program is free to individuals seeking to make positive changes and willing to commit to participating in the program. Examples of areas where support is available to include job training, employment, financial management skills, and finding solutions to overcome other barriers or challenges. 

Individuals interested in joining this program can contact one of the project partners by calling one of the following numbers:

  • Dream Center Evansville: 812-401-5558
  • Memorial Community Development Corporation: 812-423-2500
  • Potter’s Wheel: 812-401-4440

This project is supported with funding from the Vanderburgh Community Foundation, the Lilly Endowment, and the COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund of the Greater Evansville Region. Program evaluation services are provided by Diehl Consulting Group. 

For more information, contact Sidney Hardgrave, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact at or call 812.429.1191, ext. 106